Iran Almost Invaded Afghanistan in 1998


In late 1998 Iran readied its armed forces for an invasion of Afghanistan. Last-ditch diplomacy defused tensions and prevented a potentially destructive conflict. On Aug. 8, 1998, the Taliban, which then ruled around 90 percent of Afghanistan, seized the... Read more

In 1961, India Finally Kicked Portugal off the Subcontinent


At dawn on Dec. 18, 1961, squadrons of Indian Air Force bombers crossed a... Read more

The Grim Rationale for U.S. Air Force ‘Elephant Walks’


On Nov. 19, 2018, two U.S. Air Force wings in Utah launched 35 F-35... Read more

Invading Iran


Nov. 4, 1979, marked a turning point in the relationship between the United States... Read more

Russia Weaponizes Its Coast Guard


The recent standoff between Ukraine and Russia in the Kerch Strait and Sea of... Read more
I Went on the World’s Deadliest Road Trip
This story originally appeared in October 2013. This reprint is David Axe’s final story for War Is Boring. Sprinting...
China’s New Submarine Nuke Could Hit America

China’s New Submarine Nuke Could Hit America

The Chinese navy has tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, one that could eventually allow Chinese ballistic-missile boats, or...

Nuevo dron sin superficies móviles de control

Nuevo dron sin superficies móviles de control

Investigadores de BAE Systems y la Universidad de Manchester probaron con éxito un vehículo aéreo no tripulado experimental sin...

The World According to the ‘Adults in the Room’

The World According to the ‘Adults in the Room’

Leave it to liberals to pin their hopes on the oddest things. In particular, they seemed to find post-Donald...

The Royal Navy’s Message to Russia Was Pretty Sad

The Royal Navy’s Message to Russia Was Pretty Sad

The ship the British Royal Navy deployed to the Black Sea in order to send a message to Russia...

America Never Was Serious About Syria

America Never Was Serious About Syria

Pres. Donald Trump announced on Dec. 19, 2018 that U.S. military forces would withdraw from Syria. The decision was...

Great Britain’s Future War Force

Great Britain’s Future War Force

The British military is struggling to reorganize for a new cold war in Europe. A modest spending boost in...

The U.S. Air Force’s ‘Extraordinary’ Ukraine Mission Went Nowhere Near the Russians

The U.S. Air Force’s ‘Extraordinary’ Ukraine Mission Went Nowhere Near the Russians

The U.S. Air Force’s “extraordinary” surveillance flight over Ukraine in early December 2018 flew nowhere near Russian forces, one...

The United States Quitting Syria Could Mean a Little Less War in the World

The United States Quitting Syria Could Mean a Little Less War in the World

It’s rare when you can get hawkish Republican senators, media liberals, Islamic extremists, neoconservative pseudointellectuals, internet anarchists and retired...

Jim Mattis insta a la Armada estadounidense a actuar de forma impredecible

Jim Mattis insta a la Armada estadounidense a actuar de forma impredecible

Bueno, hay una razón por la que se le apoda «Caos». En abril de 2018 el Ministro de Defensa...

Nazi Commando Otto Skorzeny Continued His Life of Intrigue After the War

Nazi Commando Otto Skorzeny Continued His Life of Intrigue After the War

Otto Skorzeny was Nazi Germany’s most notorious commando. His missions included rescuing Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from imprisonment and...

The Forgotten Angels of Dien Bien Phu

The Forgotten Angels of Dien Bien Phu

In November 1953 the French army began building a base in the mountains around Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam,...

The U.S. Air Force Probably Can’t Afford to Replace the F-22

The U.S. Air Force Probably Can’t Afford to Replace the F-22

A new fighter to replace the F-22 Raptor could eat the U.S. Air Force’s budget starting in the 2030s,...

Niels Bohr’s Flight From the Nazis Was a Science Drama

Niels Bohr’s Flight From the Nazis Was a Science Drama

Danish physicist Niels Bohr was a scientific genius who also displayed a coincidental penchant for espionage and intrigue. He...

The Soviet Ampulomet Launched Glass Bombs

The Soviet Ampulomet Launched Glass Bombs

As German troops invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, the Red Army scrambled to arm itself with anti-tank...

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